A stunning series of undercover videos revealed Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the price of the body parts of unborn babies, with one saying her goal was to buy a Lamborghini.
The executives disclosed they would be willing to alter abortion procedures to obtain specific body parts, even full cadavers.
The problem was that accepting anything more than the cost of processing tissue, as well as changing abortion procedures to obtain organs, is illegal.
The fallout was predictable: Planned Parenthood denied any wrongdoing, and the tissue researchers in the videos denied any involvement in the abortion business.
Newly released public records, however, tell a different story.
The Alliance Defending Freedom said Friday that records show Planned Parenthood’s Wisconsin affiliate “provided researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the hearts and brains of unborn babies up to 18 weeks old and within five minutes of being aborted.”
That’s “despite the fact that both UW and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin have denied any such exchange.”
“Planned Parenthood has once again demonstrated its willingness to cover up its role in the gruesome baby parts trade,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman. “Both Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and UW-Madison publicly denied they had any arrangement to supply baby parts from women undergoing abortion to researchers conducting gruesome experiments, but the documents we obtained prove they were not telling the truth.”
Because of the revelations in the videos – released by the Center for Medical Progress, which dispatched undercover investigators to Planned Parenthood and other locations – Congress moved to deny $500 million in annual funding from U.S. taxpayers to the abortionists. The move was derailed by the Democrats and President Obama.
Several states, however, have cut Planned Parenthood funding, and in Wisconsin, a bill would significantly restrict public funding for abortionists.
Just a week ago, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, stated, “Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin does not offer fetal tissue donation for patients.”
In addition, Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education at UW-Madison, said last year the university did not work with Planned Parenthood.
However, documents outlining university study plans states that if a patient is in agreement, “the fetal and placental tissue is collected through suction and deposited in a glass jar … as per Planned Parenthood protocol by [name blacked out] (physician performing the procedure).”
Then the body parts are “brought to [blacked out] where RNA is extracted and microarray chips are arranged.”
ADF said one of Madison’s studies found that researchers obtained hearts and brains from babies aborted “between 10 and 18 weeks of gestational age” within five minutes of the procedure.
“After the procedure, the heart was grasped with sterilized surgical instruments and carefully isolated from the rest of the thoracic content to be placed in RNAse-free plastic tubes. Fetal brain was also collected in the same fashion,” it said.
WND reported earlier this month Planned Parenthood sued the undercover video investigators for the videos. The National Abortion Federation said they “must be held accountable for the ways in which they committed fraud and put our members’ safety at risk.”
The Center for Medical Progress called the suit frivolous, describing it as a “last-ditch move of desperation” which is “going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates.”
However, some members of Congress said the legal action is an attempt at misdirection by Planned Parenthood.
“This is the Planned Parenthood way,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., a nurse of more than 40 years and a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
“They are confronted with a horrific truth they cannot defend, so they seek a victory in the courts instead. It won’t work. Thanks to the courageous efforts of the Center for Medical Progress, a veil was lifted and the American people were able to see Planned Parenthood’s callous disrespect for life with their own eyes,” she said.
“These videos have been proven to be authentic – no matter how many times Cecile Richards says otherwise – and no one can deny that they clearly depict Planned Parenthood’s own employees, in their own words, offering stunning admissions of what happens behind closed doors. Instead of attacking the messenger, perhaps it’s time for Planned Parenthood to take a good look in the mirror. This is the grim reality of today’s big abortion business and it is long past time to prevent taxpayers from being forced to foot the bill.”
The Center for Medical Progress set up a fake company and sent investigators with concealed video cameras to Planned Parenthood clinics. Planned Parenthood officials were caught haggling over the price of baby body parts. A number of them talked about being paid per item, how they could adjust abortion procedures to salvage requested body parts and how they could create a revenue stream from such transactions.
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.